Global Leadership Summit

2014 Global Leadership Summit

The rapid advance of technology in the digital age has had a profound impact on society, politics and the economy. Geographic and cultural boundaries have become blurred, traditional hierarchies have been challenged and business leadership redefined.

Global knowledge is instantly accessible and the power of the consumer has never been greater. The way individuals communicate and consume has been revolutionised, scale has been amplified and the way work is organised, transformed.

So what does this mean for business and how can you ensure you're not left behind?

This 2014 Global Leadership Summit will bring together high profile individuals from a range of sectors and invite a global discussion on how business leaders should respond to both technological innovation and the changing demographic of the workforce.

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Global Leadership Summit 2013

Beyond Heroes, Villains and Scapegoats - The Future of Leadership

What are the real issues behind the current leadership crisis?
What does sustainable and robust leadership look like?

The 2013 Global Leadership Summit took place on the 20 May and was attended by over 600 global senior level executives from a number of business sectors. Influential business and world leaders came together for a day of stimulating and thought-provoking debate on the future of leadership. The Summit was brilliantly chaired by CNNs International Business Correspondent, Richard Quest.

Highlights of the day included:

  • Dr. Josef Ackermann, Chairman, Zurich Insurance Group in a frank opening keynote as he admitted the EU is "muddling through" the current economic crisis
  • Unilever Chief Executive Officer, Paul Polman's passionate discussion with London Business School's Lynda Gratton and Deloitte's David Sproul on what today's business leaders should be doing to drive social, economic and environmental change. Watch the video here
  • President Ólafur Grímsson's inspirational keynote interview, as he shared his insights on the European financial crisis and explained Iceland's radical approach to economic reforms. Watch his video here

2013 Global Leadership Summit highlights

2013 speakers:

  • Dr Josef Ackermann, Chairman, Zurich Insurance Group, Vice-Chairman of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum
  • Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing, London Business School
  • Julian Birkinshaw, Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Faculty, London Business School
  • Lord Ian Blair of Boughton, Former Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Tim Breedon, Non-Executive Director, Barclays
  • Alexis Cheang, Director, Governance & Sustainable Investment, F & C Investment
  • David Craig, President, Financial and Risk, Thomson Reuters
  • Michael Elias, Managing Director, Kennet Partners
  • Julian Franks, Professor of Finance; MBA93 Term Chair, London Business School
  • Dr James Gifford, Executive Director, PRI
  • Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive, Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice, London Business School
  • President Ólafur Grímsson, President of Iceland
  • Heather Hancock, Managing Partner; Talent and Brand, Deloitte UK
  • Ioannis Ioannou, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
  • Giles Keating, Head of Research for Private Banking and Wealth Management, Credit Suisse
  • Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean & Professor of Management Practice in Accounting, London Business School
  • Jimmy Maymann SEMBA2005, Chief Executive Officer, Huffington Post Media Group
  • John Mullins, Associate Professor of Management Practice in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
  • Dale Murray JEMBA2000, Angel Investor; Non-Executive Director, UKTI
  • Nigel Nicholson, Professor Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
  • Randall Peterson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
  • David Pitt-Watson, Executive Fellow, London Business School
  • Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
  • Alessandro Profumo, Chairman, Monte dei Paschi di Siena
  • Richard Quest, International Business Correspondent, CNN International
  • James Quincey, President, Europe Group, Coca-Cola Company
  • Sir Michael Rake, Chairman, BT Group plc
  • Lucrezia Reichlin, Professor Economics, London Business School
  • Andrew Scott, Deputy Dean and Professor of Economics, London Business School
  • David Sproul, Senior Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte UK
  • Peter Vicary-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Which?
  • Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Conduct Authority
  • Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School

Global Leadership Summit 2012

'Faster, higher, stronger: Lessons shared between Business and Sport'
Monday 21 May 2012

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2012 speaker line-up:

  • Sir John Armitt, Chair of Olympic Delivery Authority
  • Chuck Baker, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Alex Balfour, Head of New Media, London 2012
  • Marco Bertini, Assistant Professor of Marketing, London Business School
  • Michael Bolingbroke, COO, Manchester United
  • Rajesh Chandy, Professor of Marketing; Tony and Maureen Wheeler Chair in Entrepreneurship, London Business School
  • Beth Comstock, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, GE
  • Simon Cummins, Lead Partner, Global Sports Practice, Odgers Berndtson
  • Eduardo Fernández-Cantelli, Professor of Marketing and Director of Marketing Department, IE Business School
  • Sean Fitzpatrick, Founder, Front Row Leadership New Zealand All Black Rugby Captain 1992-97
  • Tom Fox, Chief Commercial Officer, Arsenal FC
  • Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice in Organisational Behaviour; Senior Fellow, Advanced Institute of Management Research; Joint Subject Area Chair, London Business School
  • Keith Harris, Financier, Seymour Peirce
  • Ioannis Ioannou, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
  • Stef Kranendijk, Chief Executive Officer, Desso
  • Lalit Modi, Architect of Indian Premier League (cricket)
  • Stephen Nuttall, Senior Director, Sports You Tube EMEA, Google
  • Michael Payne, Former IOC Olympic Marketing, Broadcast Director (16 Olympic Games), Author, Olympic Turnaround 
  • Douglas Pearlman, Founder & CEO, Sport Media Advisors
  • Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean (Programmes), London Business School
  • Ken Shropshire, Professor & Director Sports Business Initiative Wharton School
  • Robert Salomon, Associate Professor of International Management, Paduano Faculty Fellow of Business and Ethics, NYU Stern School of Business
  • David Sproul, Senior Partner & Chief Executive, Deloitte UK
  • Nader Tavassoli, Professor of Marketing, London Business School
  • Etienne De Villiers, Non Executive Director, Pi Capital and former Chair of ATP Tour
  • Niels De Vos, CEO, UK Athletics
  • Chris Voss, Emeritus Professor of Management Science and Operations, London Business School
  • Ken Wilbur, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Global Leadership Summit 2011

'Innovation: Idea, Create and Accelerate'

Monday 23 May 2011

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2011 speakers:

  • George W. Buckley Chairman, President and CEO, 3M 
  • Rt. Hon. Dr. Vince Cable MP Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade
  • Shai Agassi Founder & CEO, Better Place
  • Michael J. Barber Vice President, healthymagination, GE Corporate
  • Patrick Barwise MSc06(1973) Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing
  • Rodrigo Baggio Founder, Centre for Digital Inclusion
  • Matt Brittin MBA1997 Managing Director, UK and Ireland Operations, Google UK
  • Rajesh Chandy Professor of Marketing, Tony and Maureen Wheeler Chair in Entrepreneurship
  • John Connolly Global Chairman, Deloitte
  • Phillip Cullimore Managing Director of Europe, Africa and Middle East Region & Chairman, Eastman Kodak Sarl
  • Gary Dushnitsky Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • Andrew Hill Management Editor, Financial Times
  • Charles Hodson Anchor, CNN
  • António Horta-Osório Chief Executive Officer, Lloyds Banking Group 
  • Nick Hughes SEMBA2001 Managing Director, Signal Point Partners Ltd
  • Michael G. Jacobides Associate Professor of Strategic and International Management, Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Stephen Leonard Chief Executive, IBM UK and Ireland
  • Amit Mehra MBA2001 Founder and Managing Director, Reuters Market Light
  • Phanish Puranam Professor of Strategic and International Management
  • Kamalini Ramdas Professor of Management Science and Operations
  • Philip Rutnam Director General, BIS
  • Marc Silvester Senior Vice President and Global CTO, Fujitsu
  • Sir Martin Sorrell Chief Executive, WPP
  • David Sproul Chief Executive Elect, Deloitte
  • Richard Tyler Enterprise Editor, Daily Telegraph 
  • Freek Vermeulen Associate Professor of Strategic and International Management
  • Geoff Vuleta CEO, Fahrenheit 212
  • Masahiko Yamada President of Technical Computing Solutions Unit, Fujitsu

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Global Leadership Summit 2010

'New Frontiers: Expansion, Opportunity and Innovation'

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Guest speakers included:

  • Peter Voser Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell
  • HE Amr Abdullah Al-Dabbagh Governor and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority
  • Rakesh Bhasin Chief Executive Officer, Colt Technology Services Group
  • Paul Bulcke Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé S.A.
  • Vittorio Colao Chief Executive, Vodafone
  • John Connolly Global Chairman, Deloitte
  • Evan Davis Presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today programme
  • Warren East Chief Executive Officer, ARM
  • Max Foster Anchor and Correspondent, CNN
  • Andy Green Chief Executive Officer, Logica
  • Dr Mo Ibrahim Chairman and Founder,  Mo Ibrahim Foundation & Founder of Celtel International
  • Anshu Jain Head of Global Markets, Member of the Management Board, Deutsche Bank
  • Ravi Kant Vice Chair, Tata Motors
  • Savio Kwan (MSc09) Independent non-Executive Director, Alibaba Group
  • Stephen Olabisi Onasanya Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria
  • Antonio Quintella (MBA33) CEO, Brazil and co-Head, Global Emerging Markets Council, Credit Suisse
  • Laura D'Andrea Tyson S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management at the Haas School of Business
  • Jasmine Whitbread Chief Executive, Save the Children

London Business School faculty speakers included:

  • Don Sull Professor of Management Practice in Strategic and International Management; Faculty Director of Executive Education
  • Lynda Gratton Professor of Management Practice in Organisational Behaviour
  • Nirmalya Kumar Professor of Marketing
  • Hélène Rey Professor of Economics
  • Rajesh Chandy Professor of Marketing; Tony and Maureen Wheeler Chair in Entrepreneurship
  • Julian Birkinshaw Professor of Strategic and International Management; Deputy Dean (Programmes)
  • Francesca Cornelli Professor of Finance; Academic Director, The Coller Institute of Private Equity
  • Gillian Ku Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour
  • Kamalini Ramdas Chaired Professor of Management Science and Operations

To see the programme of the day please take a look at our PDF at a glance programme 

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Global Leadership Summit 2009

'Leadership in Challenging Times'

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Guest speakers included:

  • John Connolly, Global Chairman, Deloitte
  • Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive and Executive Director, BSkyB 
  • Lord Davies of Abersoch, Minister for Trade, Investment and Business
  • Ian Davis, Managing Director, McKinsey & Company
  • Richard Edelman, President & CEO, Edelman
  • Charles Hodson, Presenter, CNN
  • Stephen Hester, Group Chief Executive, RBS
  • Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE
  • Anshu Jain, Head of Global Markets and Member of the Management Board, Deutsche Bank
  • John Kingman, Chief Executive, UK Financial Investments Ltd
  • Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Group CEO, Bharti Enterprises Ltd
  • Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever
  • Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive Officer, London Stock Exchange
  • L. Vaughan Spencer
  • Ben Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Paul Walsh, CEO, Diageo Plc
  • Willie Walsh, CEO, British Airways Plc
  • Martin Wolf, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times.

London Business School faculty speakers included:

  • Julian Franks, Professor of Finance
  • Rob Goffee, Professor of Organisational Behaviour
  • Dan Goldstein, Assistant Professor of Marketing
  • Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice
  • Michael G Jacobides, Associate Professor of Strategic & International Management
  • Nirmalya Kumar, Professor of Marketing
  • Hélène Rey, Professor of Economics
  • Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics
  • Donald Sull, Professor of Management Practice.


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Global Leadership Summit 2007

London Business School's fifth annual Global Leadership Summit, which took place on Monday 2 July, turned to top business leaders, opinion formers and School faculty for their latest insights.

The event was punctuated by 15 breakout sessions led by London Business School faculty, showcasing some of their groundbreaking research, and featured presentations by some of the world's most innovative thinkers and strategists, including:

  • Professor Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University, described by the Sunday Telegraph as "one of the most incisive writers of history, politics and economics today"
  • Professor Gary P Hamel, Visiting Professor of Strategic and International Management at London Business School, who shared his vision for the future of management
  • Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Anglo American and Mike Barry, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Marks & Spencer, who looked at business and climate change alongside Dr John Llewellyn, Senior Economic Policy Adviser at Lehman Brothers and author of the recently published Lehman Brothers report, 'The Business of Climate Change.' Moderating was Dr Craig Smith, Senior Fellow in Marketing and Ethics, London Business School
  • Professor Lord Robert Winston, Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies, Imperial College School of Medicine, who discussed 'The Business of Science: A Global Agenda' with David Brennan, CEO, AstraZeneca. The session was moderated by Dr Gerry George, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at London Business School and Faculty Director of the Institute of Technology
  • Dr Donald Sull, who moderated a discussion on 21st century leaders with Fadi Ghandour, CEO of Aramex International; Antoine van Agtmael who is founder, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Emerging Markets Management; James Z Li, CEO of E.J. McKay Group; and Jayant Pendharkar, VP Head - Global Marketing at Tata Consultancy Services
  • Dr Chris Gibson-Smith, Chairman of the London Stock Exchange, who discussed the trading world and insider forecasts on the stock exchange of the future.

Global Leadership Summit 2006

  • John Connolly, UK Chief Executive and Global Managing Director, Deloitte
  • Craig Donohue, CEO, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc.
  • Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, London Business School
  • Stephen Green, CEO and Chairman Designate, HSBC Holdings plc
  • Franz Humer, Chairman and CEO, Roche Holding Ltd
  • Mo Ibrahim, Chairman, Celtel International BV
  • David Pyott, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Allergan, Inc.
  • Christopher Rodrigues, President and CEO, Visa International
  • Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP
  • Benjamin Zander, Conductor, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

Global Leadership Summit 2005

  • Vernon Ellis, International Chairman, Accenture
  • Marjorie Scardino, CEO, Pearson plc
  • Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, President, Athens 2004 Organising Committee
  • Tony Hall, Chief Executive, The Royal Opera House.

Global Leadership Summit 2004

  • Dan Lewis, President, Worldwide Commercial Business, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Nigel Morris, Founder and Vice Chairman, Capital One Financial Corporation
  • A keynote session focussing on 'Leading and Growing a Global Business: The Challenge from the Emerging Giants' with Victor Fung, Group Chairman, Li and Fund Group of Companies and Nandan Nilekani, CEO, Infosys
  • Paul Walsh, CEO, Diageo.

Global Leadership Summit 2003

  • Lecture with Sumantra Goshal on 'Global Leadership: the Philosophical Imperative' 
  • Amr Dabbagh, President and CEO, Dabbagh Group Holdings 
  • Graham Mackay, Chief Executive, SABMiller plc  
  • Ho Kwon Ping, Chairman, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts
  • The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Former Foreign Secretary, UK
  • The Hon Wong Kan Seng, Minister for Home Affairs, Singapore.

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Speaker enquiries

For more information on speaking opportunities at London Business School please contact Mamoona Shah.

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